Re: I'm keeping my unlimited Ignorant isn't necessarily a negative word, it's just often used in that context.
said by Dictionary.com :
lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.
said by CXM_Splicer:That's the obvious trend.
Surf now, while you have the chance. I would bet money that in 3 years, 'unlimited' will be a distant memory in favor of more resource friendly metered usage.
Re: Unlimited Part of my point is that none of the carriers should be allowing grandfathering. Verizon plays hardball with the contracts, the terms, locking down the phones, everything, except for grandfathering where they are soft. They have the network, why not use their power for something useful, like getting rid of grandfathered plans? I say this as I use a grandfathered FT plan on AT&T, the concept that they haven't kicked us off of it yet is ridiculous. We're just keeping it as a joke at this point, we don't need the minutes, but it's still just ridiculous that they aren't cleaning them out.
At least AT&T incentivized people to switch to 2GB, as it's cheaper, and they also made it an improvement for people like me, I got a better plan when I got a smartphone, whereas people on Verizon got a worse plan, they should follow suit and drop the price to $25 for 2GB.
Re: Unlimited There is only so much spectrum. Then those residents need to get together and do something about it, whether building a WiSP, or going to the local government to get cable through franchising agreements, etc.
The local governments need to be smart, when granting the franchises. Heck, there are two islands in New Hampshire that are inhabited for a few months a year that are getting a cable system, complete with submarine fiber to feed it, because the towns were smart and said that if 10 customers per cable mile want any cable service for a year, the cable provider is required to build or they can kiss their lucrative franchise bye bye. Result: one island got cable, complete with a fiber crossing that was surveyed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and several miles of cable. The other one will soon if there are 10 customers to sign up. In CT, AFAIK, if a cable provider wants a franchise agreement, they either get 100% of a town or 0% of a town, there is no half-assing it and not building out to everyone. I'm pretty sure we have 100% cable availability across the state.
4G will suck your battery dry..if you let it. Well not entirely true, but I live on the edge of 3G/4G coverage and my phone will go between 3g/4g/1RTT on a whim, and when it starts doing that my battery turns into a torch (funny--it really gets hot), and say goodbye 50% battery in an hour, gone. I have a t-bolt which recent UI upgrades are great, switching between technologies is not. If I force 3G it can run for 2+days, 4G it's a Vegas slot machine.
So I just leave my phone in 3G mode, because I can't take the chance that driving around in Boston or NYC I am going to get my battery drained, or it goes into RTT mode for 30 minutes.
When the 4G network is on, it's on and works great, but I feel like one bad tower or handoff and I'm done. My phone is not a toy, its my office. VZW deployment is half-baked at this point, or at least my phone. Either way its not reliable.
I'm also grandfathered, so I don't worry about data, although I use about 500Mb/month (use wifi when I can). I think the VZW tether charge is a joke tho, and they beg people to circumvent that.
3G is fast enough for me, however I bought a 4G phone and shouldn't have to deal with obvious carrier issues. With that VZW is apathetic to the issue, because they can't say they actually have a problem. When I first got the tbolt, I would have to charge it 2x a day, so software updates have helped.
With that I also knew I was getting the first 4G phone, and it wouldn't be ready for prime time which is sad, because we are all treated like beta testers these days...